Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
I cannot say,
Beneath the pressure of life’s cares to-day,
I joy in these;
But I can say
That I had rather walk this rugged way,
If Him it please.
~ S. G. BROWNING ~
The particular annoyance which befell you this morning; the vexatious words which met your ear and “grieved” your spirit; the disappointment which was His appointment for to-day; the slight but hindering ailment; the presence of some one who is “a grief of mind” to you,—whatever this day seemeth not joyous, but grievous, is linked in “the good pleasure of His goodness” with a corresponding afterward of “peaceable fruit,” the very seed from which, if you only do not choke it, this shall spring and ripen.
~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~
For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, [Rom 8:6]
Stilled now be every anxious care;
See God’s great goodness everywhere;
Leave all to Him in perfect rest:
He will do all things for the best.
~ FROM THE GERMAN ~
We should all endeavor and labor for a calmer spirit, that we may the better serve God in praying to Him and praising Him; and serve one another in love, that we may be fitted to do and receive good; that we may make our passage to heaven more easy and cheerful, without drooping and hanging the wing. So much as we are quiet and cheerful upon good ground, so much we live, and are, as it were, in heaven.
~ R. SIBBES ~
Possess yourself as much as you possibly can in peace; not by any effort, but by letting all things fall to the ground which trouble or excite you. This is no work, but is, as it were, a setting down a fluid to settle that has become turbid through agitation.
~ MADAME GUYON ~